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Gateshead: We Became A Real Threat

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Wed 14 Sep 2022
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Following FC Halifax Town’s first home win of the season, manager Chris Millington spoke to Shaymen TV to give his thoughts on the game.

“It was a good game,” Millington said. “I said in my programme notes that the fans could expect a good game. Very good side Gateshead with the way they play and the style they have got. They want to build from the back, we knew that once they did they would look for opportunities to get the ball in behind. The way they do that with the rotations they’ve got, they are very effective at it. The game really went how we expected it to. We knew that they would have some opportunities to get in behind with those rotations so we knew we would have to get to grips with that and when we did, you saw in the second half, we became a real threat.”

Mani Dieseruvwe netted his first two competitive goals for the club in quick succession, however was substituted before he could get his hattrick.

“What a guy, he was brilliant,” Millington told Shaymen TV. “If you think back to the fanfare with which his signing was greeted with, people were over the moon, and rightly so. It’s not just about what he does in front of goal, today we’ve seen that and there’ll be plenty more to come from Mani in that sense I’m sure. It’s what he does for the team that is really pleasing and the other players really value him. It’s his work rate out of possession, his ability to hold the ball up, his willingness and his desire to fight for possession when the longer balls go up to him. We mustn’t forget that he’s also got great feet. When the ball goes into his feet, he’ll get a hold of it and look after it. He does so much, but it’s really important for him and for the fans to see him scoring goals. We’re all delighted for him today.”

Town are now unbeaten in the last three fixtures, and Millington is delighted to also pick up his first three points as manager at the Shay.

“It’s vital, for the fans as much as anything,” Millington said. “They deserve to see us winning games and the players are working ever so hard to try and do that. What I think we’re starting to see now is the early stages of a fairly new group of players starting to click and play the way we expected at the start of the season. So it’s really pleasing for us as a staff and as a squad, but I hope the fans have gone away pleased tonight with what they’ve seen.”

Up next for the Shaymen is a trip to Aldershot and a first opportunity for the team to play in front of the BT Sport cameras.

“Every game in this division is difficult,” Millington told Shaymen TV. “We certainly don’t take any of them lightly. In some respects is easier to go and perform against the so called bigger, better teams. We’ll pay Aldershot all the respect they are due and we’ll go into the game as well prepared as we always do. We’ll try to give ourselves the best possible chance of getting all three points. We’re on a little run now, three undefeated, so we’ve got to maintain that and we’ve got to go there and try and win the game.”

Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV

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